Saturday, February 26, 2022

Yes - The Quest (2021)


Yes - The Quest (2021)


Tracklist front / back album covers


The Quest – CD 1

1. "The Ice Bridge"   7:01

a) "Eyes East"

b) "Race Against Time"

c) "Interaction"

2. "Dare to Know"   6:00

3. "Minus the Man"   5:35

4. "Leave Well Alone"

a) "Across the Border"   8:06

b) "Not for Nothing"

c) "Wheels"

5. "The Western Edge"   4:26

6. "Future Memories"   5:08

7. "Music to My Ears"   4:41

8. "A Living Island"     6:52

a) "Brave the Storm"

b) "Wake Up"

c) "We Will Remember"


Total length:   47:49


The Quest – CD 2

9. "Sister Sleeping Soul"   4:51

10. "Mystery Tour"   3:33

11. "Damaged World"   5:20


Total length:   13:44


 

Yes Band Members / Musicians

Jon Davison – lead vocals (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8–10), vocal duet (tracks 2, 4, 7, 11), Fender F-310-12 guitar (track 6), Martin D-28 rhythm guitar (track 11)

Steve Howe – guitars [Gibson J-15 acoustic (track 1), Gibson Les Paul Roland (tracks 1, 8), Gibson Les Paul Junior (track 2), Gibson ES-175D (tracks 2, 4, 7, 11), Gibson ES-345 (track 3), Variax Sitar Guitar (track 1), Martin MC-28 acoustic (tracks 2, 5, 8, 10), Martin 12-string acoustic (tracks 2, 7), Martin MC-38 SH acoustic (tracks 4, 7, 11), Martin 0018 'Nashville Tuning' acoustic (track 11), Fender Stratocaster (tracks 2, 4, 7), Fender Telecaster (tracks 3, 10), Telecaster volume and tone pedal rhythm guitar (track 7), Fender Stringmaster steel (tracks 4–6), Portuguese 12 string guitar (track 9), Steinberger GM4T (track 11), Sho Bud Pedal Steel guitars (track 11)], mandolin [Fender Electric mandolin (track 1), Gibson F4 mandolin (track 4)], koto (track 4), autoharp (track 4), vocal duet (tracks 2, 4, 7, 11), vocals (tracks 9, 10)

Geoff Downes – piano (tracks 1, 4, 7, 8), Hammond organ (tracks 1, 2, 8, 10, 11), synthesizers (tracks 1, 3–5, 7, 9, 11), organ (tracks 4, 6), Mellotron (tracks 7, 10), Fender Rhodes piano (track 10)

Billy Sherwood – bass guitar [Spector (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11), Spector fretless (tracks 6, 9), Rickenbacker 4001 (track 3)], vocals (tracks 5, 6, 10), Fender Rhodes piano (track 3), keyboards (track 5), acoustic guitar (track 5)

Alan White – drums (tracks 1-5, 7-11)

Jay Schellen – percussion

FAMES Studio Orchestra (tracks 2–4)

Paul K. Joyce – orchestra arrangements

Oleg Kondratenko – conductor


Steve Howe – producer, preparatory engineering, guitar recording

Curtis Schwartz – engineering, mixing, recording sessions photographies

Simon Heyworth – mastering

Geoff Downes – preparatory engineering, keyboards recording

Jon Davison – preparatory engineering, vocals recording

Billy Sherwood – preparatory engineering, basses recording, drums and percussion recording

Alen Hadzi Stefanov – orchestra sound recordist

Teodora Arsovska – orchestra Pro tools operator

Roger Dean – cover art, logo

Doug Gottlieb, Glenn Gottlieb (The Gottlieb Brothers) – package design, Yes portraits

Gigi White – recording sessions photographies




The Quest is the 22nd studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on 1 October 2021 by InsideOut Music and Sony Music. It is their first studio album featuring Billy Sherwood since The Ladder (1999), having replaced founding bassist Chris Squire following his death in 2015, and their first without Squire or any other original member. It was produced by guitarist Steve Howe.

After completing touring commitments in July 2019, Yes began to collaborate on new material by exchanging ideas for songs online. The subsequent COVID-19 pandemic caused all touring to be cancelled in March 2020, which presented the opportunity for them to focus on the album during lockdown. When the songs had been arranged, the album was recorded in California and England and orchestral arrangements by Paul K. Joyce were performed by the FAMES Orchestra in North Macedonia. Frontman Jon Davison was the main lyricist, who wrote about various themes including hope, optimism, and environmental issues.

The Quest was released in various formats, including CD, LP, Blu-ray Disc, and on streaming platforms, and reached number 20 on the UK Albums Chart. It received generally positive reviews for Howe's production and as an overall improvement over Yes' previous album Heaven & Earth (2014), although some negative responses cited the album as lacking unique or distinct songs.

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